John Gress

John G "Jack" Gress

Nov 23, 1942 - Mar 22, 2020
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John (Jack) G. Gress Jr. of Brewster NY, a patriot, hard-working, well-loved husband, and father, passed away peacefully at home on March 22, 2020. He was 77 years old.

Jack was born on November 23, 1942, in Bronx, NY, son of the late Beatrice Byrne and John G Gress Sr. He grew up in the Bronx and went to St. Helena’s High School.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Josephine Gress and his four children; Michael Gress, Karen Merritt, Lorraine (Andrew) Chastant, and Barbara (Dave) O’Hara, his six grandchildren; Michael Chastant, Patrick Chastant, Abigail Merritt, Ryan O’Hara, Lindsay O’Hara, and Ashley O’Hara, and his sister Carol Connolly, his brother Kenneth (Gerry) Gress of Bronx NY along with many loving nieces and nephews.
His beloved wife, Jo, was always by his side. Fiercely devoted to one another, they raised four children in North Salem NY, where they lived for 48 years. To his six grandchildren, he was always “grandpa”, lighthearted and proud. His children would all say that dad taught them a strong work ethic, good morals, and the importance of community.
Jack grew up in the trades working with his dad from childhood as a builder. A self-starter Jack began a successful business, WR Repair Service, now owned and managed by his son Mike Gress. Upon his retirement, he intensified his efforts as owner-operator of the Someday Retirement Community, Brewster, NY.
Jack had many interests and it is an understatement to say he enjoyed helping others. He was a true jack of all trades and loved any project large or small. His commitment to the community was endless. It would be impossible to list all of the organizations that he supported and where he volunteered his time. Jack was most proud of his work with the veterans and honoring of 9/11/2001. If you knew him, you would call him a friend. He will be sadly missed by all.
A private Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated St. Lawrence O’Toole Church on Monday, March 23, 2020. Visitation will be held on Sunday March 22 at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster from 3pm-7pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Support our troops in Carmel, NY or your favorite veterans' organization.

Lorraine Chastant
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday March 22, 2020 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday March 22, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Beecher Funeral Home
    1 Putnam Avenue
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
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  • Service

    St. Lawrence O'Toole Church
    31 Prospect Street
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
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    Fr. Richard Gill
  • Interment



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Ginny and Ted Fisher

Posted at 11:12am
Dear Jo and family - so very sorry for your loss. Jack was a wonderful man who cared deeply about others. Always will to help us here in the park. I don't know what we would have done without his physical and emotional support when my Brother had to go to a Nursing Home. He has a special places in Heaven. Much love and support to the entire family. Love, Ginny and Ted Fisher

Marianne McGurk

Posted at 03:23pm
Hello Jo

Mike and I are so sorry for the loss of Jack, " A man's man" Mike calls him.

We stopped outside, in our car, the day of the wake and said a prayer. We also shared some stories (and tears) with each other.

That evening, Mike, Larry, Chris and Joe Conway, toasted Jack and shared wonderful memories, outside of your old house on Lakeview.

Love you,
Marianne and Mike McGurk

Karen Roach

Posted at 11:30pm
I met Jack when he joined the North Salem Lions Club . It took no time at all to see what a wonderful asset he would be.
A true Christian gentleman in every way, a team member who worked for the good of all, never afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty for a worthy cause, a leader who set the example thru action and words. His ability to communicate with all and keep his team on the same page to achieve their goal was always a blessing. That he dearly loved his wife was always plain to see - she was his heart . We have lost a truly wonderful man and know that his soul is at peace with our Lord.
To his family - thank you for sharing him. God give you peace . Karen Roach

Maria Lukianoff

Posted at 10:32pm
With heartfelt condolences, and wishing your family the remembrance of fond memories in the time ahead.
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Michael Kertelits

Posted at 01:53pm
Our deepest condolences to the entire Gress family. Your dad, was a wonderful friend to our family and will be greatly missed. I still recall being an 18 year old kid and helping him and my dad build a dock on the lake. I am not sure if I ever worked so hard in my life. When we had to bury the pylons out on the water I remember asking your father how we would do it. He matter of factly said, "you will just stand out over the water on these boards and raise the mauler box over your head and slam it on top of the pylons until they go down 4 feet into the mud. Then you will repeat that another 17 times." MInd you the mauler box was a steel box he built that weighed about 75 lbs. Gave us a great feeling of accomplishment though.

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